Recent High Profile Cyber Attacks
See BBC for a list of current Cyber Attacks
Royal Mail (source BBC News)
Severe disruption to Royal Mail’s overseas deliveries has been caused by ransomware linked to Russian criminals.
The cyber-attack has affected the computer systems Royal Mail uses to despatch deliveries abroad.
Royal Mail has been warning customers since Wednesday of disruption due to a “cyber-incident”.
Ransomware is malicious computer software that encrypts data and locks up systems.
The ransomware used in the attack is “Lockbit”, according to a source close to the investigation.
Computer security firms say the software has been developed and used by criminal gangs with links to Russia.
The Guardian Newspaper (Source BBC News)
The Guardian newspaper has come under a suspected ransomware attack.
It said there had been a “serious incident” affecting its IT systems in the last 24 hours, with disruption to “behind the scenes services”.
The company said it was continuing to publish globally to its website – one of the most visited news sites in the world – and was “confident” it could still print the physical paper.
Staff have been told not to go into the office and to work from home.
In a statement, the Guardian said: “Our technology teams have been working to deal with all aspects of this incident, with the vast majority of our staff able to work from home as we did during the pandemic.
“We believe this to be a ransomware attack, but are continuing to consider all possibilities.”